Kim Thorsgaard Jensen

The 7th issue of Odense International was conducted in the fairy tale city of Hans Christian Andersen on 27 August – 3 September 2017 in Odense Bowling Centre, where 119 athletes were competing for the tour stop title.

The format of the final in Odense offered a first step over 6 games with 32 athletes taking part, of which the 10 highest ranked was awarded starting pins from 140 pins to the highest ranked down to 10 pins for the 10th ranked.

Step 2 of the final included top 16 from step 1, who added another 4 games to a total of 10 games + starting pins, deciding the top 8 field for the next four final steps.

The last 4 steps of the format offered one game matches as follows:
Step 3: 4 matches. 4 winners and 2 happy losers to continue
Step 4: 3 matches. 3 winners and 1 happy loser to continue
Step 5: 2 matches. 2winner to continue
Step 6: 1 match deciding the winner of the tournament

Top 8 after the Final Step 2
1. 2384: Thomas Larsen, Denmark

2. 2267: Carsten W Hansen, Denmark
3. 2239: Mikael Brändeskov, Denmark
4. 2236: Francois Louw, South Africa
5. 2186: Ghanim Aboujassoum, Qatar
6. 2180: Lars Nielsen, Denmark
7. 2156: Jesper Agerbo, Denmark
8. 2135: Anders Lousdal, Denmark

The Final Step 3
Thomas Larsen – Lars Nielsen: 215 – 244

Carsten W. Hansen – Ghanim Aboujassoum: 229 – 201
Mikael Brändeskov – Anders Lousdal: 197 – 203
Francois Louw – Jesper Agerbo: 203 – 216

The Final Step 4
Thomas Larsen – Lars Nielsen: 179 – 165

Carsten W. Hansen – Anders Lousdal: 201 – 200
Francois Louw – Jesper Agerbo: 194 – 177

The Final Step 5
Carsten W. Hansen – Jesper Agerbo: 174 – 190

Lars Nielsen – Anders Lousdal: 189 – 188

The Final Step 6
Lars Nielsen – Jesper Agerbo: 217 – 211

In the men’s division of the tour, Carsten W. Hansen from Denmark is back in the lead with 565 points in front of Pontus Andersson from Sweden with 557 points and Dominic Barrett from England with 505 points.

The top of the women’s division of the tour is unchanged as follows: Jenny Wegner from Sweden is leading with 587 points in front of Cajsa Wegner with 453 points and Daphne Tan from Singapore with 450 points at the following positions.

Lars Nielsen, who took his first tour stop title ever, was also highest ranked in the men’s division for the first time. The same was Sanna Pasanen from Finland (position 10 in the tournament) in the women’s division of the tour.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

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With not less than 1.087 squad entries, the new tour stop in Sweden, the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters, started very successfully, when the tournament was conducted for the first time in August in the South Swedish city Malmoe.

As many as 455 bowlers from many corners of the World had found their way to Malmo to compete in the well-known Baltiska Bowlinghallen, a centre having housed a number of international championships over the history of bowling in Europe.

The numbers represents a fantastic start for the new tournament, since 455 attending athletes is the 7th highest number since the tour started in 2000; while 1.087 is the second highest number of played entries in any tour stop ever.

The format offered 44 spots for the final steps, of which 36 entered Step 1 to play 6 games starting from scratch on Sunday 27 August in Baltiska.

Top 16 from Step 1 was in Step 2 joined by top 8 from the qualification, forming a field of 24 athletes playing 8 games starting from scratch.

Top 8 from step 2 continued by adding the scores from another 4 games to their totals, providing the following standing after 12 games.

1. Jason Belmonte, Australia: 1838 + 896 = 2734
2. Cameron Weier, USA: 1783 + 906 = 2689
3. Pontus Andersson, Sweden: 1667 + 914 = 2581
4. Jari Ratia, Finland: 1681 + 805 = 2486
5. Britt Bröndsted, Denmark: 1670 + 789 = 2459
6. Sanna Pasanen, Finland: 1686 + 761 = 2447
7. Jesper Svensson, Sweden: 1663 + 780 = 2443
8. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia: 1656 + 759 = 2415

Top four continued to three one game stepladder matches as follows:

Match 1
183: Pontus Andersson, Sweden

225: Jari Ratia, Finland

Match 2
226: Cameron Weier, USA

194: Jari Ratia, Finland

Match 3
245: Jason Belmonte, Australia

180: Cameron Weier, USA

In the women’s division of the tour, we are facing a double Swedish and a double Wegner in the leading positions; Jenny is highest ranked with 587 points and sister Cajsa is second with 453 points. Daphne Tan from Singapore is third with 450 points.

In the men’s division of the tour, Pontus Andersson is leading with 557 points in front of Carsten W. Hansen from Denmark with 530 points and Dominic Barrett from England with 505 points.

Brit Bröndsted from Denmark became the highest ranked in the women’s division for the 19th time in her career. Britt Bröndsted is second at the all times high ranked list, where her fellow countrywomen Kamilla Kjeldsen is first with 20 high ranked positions.

Jason Belmonte became the highest ranked man in the men’s division for the second time in his career.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

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The World Senior Championships for 50+ athletes was conducted in Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany on 13-20 August 2017.

The first two issues of the World Senior Championships were both conducted in Las Vegas, USA. In the first issue in 2013 a total of 213 athletes (90 women and 123 men) took part, while a total of 201 athletes (89 women and 112 men) took part in 2015.

It was expected that the first ever held World Senior Championships in Europe would attract a higher number of athletes, which it surely did, since a total of 273 athletes (110 women and 163 men) took part in Munich.

The much higher European representation did, however, not influence the medal distribution for titles in the championships, which was strongly dominated by athletes from primarily USA.

Looking at titles, it became a nearly US only affair, only broken by the doubles from Canada in the women’s division. In all other 9/10 disciplines USA captured the title.

The 10 World Senior Championships 2017 titles were distributed as follows:

Women’s Division: Singles
USA by Lynda Barnes

Women’s Division: Doubles
Canada by France Joubert and Jill Friis

Women’s Division: Team of Four
USA by Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Leanne Hulsenberg, Lynda Barnes and Trish Johnson

Women’s Division: All Event
USA by Leanne Hulsenberg

Women’s Division: Masters
USA by Lynda Barnes

Men’s Division: Singles
USA by Ron Mohr

Men’s Division: Doubles
USA by Parker Bohn III and Bob Learn

Men’s Division: Team of Four
USA by Lennie Boresch, Ron Mohr, Bob Learn and Parker Bohn III

Men’s Division: All Event
USA by Ron Mohr

Men’s Division: Masters
USA by Parker Bohn III

European athletes took 8 medals as follows:

Women’s Division: Singles (2 X Bronze)
Finland by Reija Lundén

Russia by Larisa Stashchenko

Women’s Division: All Event (Bronze)
Finland by Reija Lundén

Women’s Division: Team of Four (Bronze)
Sweden by Susanne Olsson, Kristina Nordenson, Christel Carlsson and Lena Sulkanen

Women’s Division: Masters (Silver)
Norway by Janne Monsen

Men’s Division: Team of Four (Bronze)
Finland by Jari Aikioniemi, Sami Luoto, Ari Halme and Teemu Raatikainen

Men’s Division: All Event (Silver)
Belgium by Marc Franceus

Men’s Division: Masters (Bronze)
Sweden by Stefan Yngström

Click here to see the list of medallists in the World Senior Championships 2017

Click here to see a completed list of results for the World Senior Championships 2017

The World Games, which is owned by the International World games Association (IWGA), was established in 1979 by a number of International Federations of non-Olympic sports.

The sport of bowling has been included as a program sport in the World Games since the first issue of the games were held in 1981.

Originally bowling was permitted to send 48 athletes to the games, equally divided by 24 male and 24 female athletes, picked by 24 federations (8 from three Zone), each sending one man and one woman.

As of 2017 bowling is permitted to send 64 athletes, equally divided by 32 male and 32 female athletes, picked by 16 federations (5 from three Zone plus the host), each sending two men and 16 federations (again 5 from three Zone plus the host), each sending two women.

Before 2017 the athletes have competed in Women’s Singles, Men’s Singles and Mixed Doubles. As of 2017 the athletes are competing in Women’s Singles, Men’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Men’s Doubles.

The 2017 issue of the World Games is held in the Polish City Wroclaw in the period of 20-30 July, with the bowling competitions scheduled for 20-24 July.

The medals in the bowling competition of the games were awarded as follows:

Women’s Singles
Gold:    Germany, represented by Laura Beuthner

Silver:  USA, represented by Kelly Kulich
Bronze:  Colombia, represented by Clara Guerrero

Men’s Singles
Gold:    Korea, represented by Young-Seon Cho

Silver:  Venezuela, represented by Ildemaro Ruiz
Bronze:  Germany, represented by Tobias Börding

Women’s Doubles
Gold:    Colombia, represented by Clara Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo

Silver:  USA, represented by Kelly Kulich and Danielle McEwan
Bronze:  Mexico, represented by Sandra Gongora and Tannya Lopez

Men’s Doubles
Gold:    Canada, represented by Dan Macelland and Francois Lavoie

Silver:  Venezuela, represented by Ildemaro Ruiz and Massimiliano Fridegotto
Bronze:  Hong Kong, represented by Michael Mak and Siu Hong Wu

Click here to see the list of medalists in the World Games 2017

Click here to see a completed list of results for the World Games 2017

Pontus Andersson from Sweden captured his first tour stop title, when he won the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open by Erdinger in front of Richard Teece from England.

The tournament, which was conducted in Europe’s Bowling Mecca: Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, as the 7th stop in the European Bowling Tour 2017, had attracted 193 athletes, who competed for the 48 spots in the final steps played on 23 July.

40 athletes played 4 games from scratch in step 1, from where top 20 was combined with athletes positioned 5-8 in the qualification for another 4 games starting from scratch in step 2.

Top 12 from step 2 continued together with top 4 from the qualification in step 3, where 4 more games was played starting from scratch, followed by step 4, where top 8 from step 3 played 4 games with the 4 games pin fall from step 3 carried forward.

In step 5, the 4 best after the 8 games in step 3+4, added another game to a 9 gams total, which determined the two athletes playing the last game of the tournament in step 6, deciding the winner and the runner up over a total of 10 games played in step 3-6.

The following four players were qualified after the 2 X 4 games in Step 3 and 4:
1875: Pontus Andersson, Sweden
1768: Richard Teece, England
1699: Francois Louw, South Africa
1684: Dominic Barrett, England

Dominic Barrett and Francois Louw was eliminated in Step 4, which ended as follows:
2031: Pontus Andersson, Sweden (1875+156)
1997: Richard Teece, England (1768+229)
1938: Dominic Barrett, England (1684+254)
1911: Francois Louw, South Africa (1699+212)

And finally Pontus Andersson became the winner of the tournament:
2218: Pontus Andersson, Sweden (2031+187)
2198: Richard Teece, England (1997+201)

The top of the women’s division of the tour continued unchanged with Jenny Wegner from Sweden at position 1 with 535 points, Daphne Tan from Singapore at position 2 with 450 points and Cajsa Wegner from Sweden at position 3 with 405 points.

In the Men’s Division of the tour, Carsten W. Hansen from Denmark is leading with 522 points in front Dominic Barrett from England with 505 points and Martin Larsen from Sweden with 464 points.

For Pontus Andersson it was his second highest ranked position in the men’s division and the same became the case in the women’s division for Vanessa Timter from Germany, who ended at position 10 in the final tournament standing.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

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The ETBF Presidium has decided to award the hosting of the European Youth Championships 2020 to The Netherlands Bowling Federation.

The championships will be conducted on 4-13 April 2020 in Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg.

Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg, which had 20 lanes when it unfortunately burned down in 2016, is being rebuild on its original spot and will be reopened with 24 lanes.

The debut of Francois Lavoie at the European bowling scene became an overwhelming success, since he first won Stop 5 of the EBT 2017 in Madrid and afterwards won Stop 6 in San Marino; a not less than fantastic performance of the young Canadian bowler.

Dominic Barrett from England had before this year’s issue of Storm San Marino Open already a record series of three consecutive wins in San Marino in 2014, 2015 and 2016. And Barrett was definitely attending the 13th Storm San Marino Open, conducted on 8-16 July in Rose’n Bowl, with the intention to add a 4th consecutive win.

This was proven during the tournament, when Barrett qualified to the top 4 elimination final, so he surely had the chance to change the 3 consecutive titles in San Marino to 4, but there were other wishes among his colleagues at the lanes. But even then, we want to highlight Barrett’s performance in San Marino over four years as something extraordinary.

A successful number of 204 bowlers from not less than 28 federations took part in the tournament; and with the many top bowlers on board, it became a very competitive event.

48 players were qualified to the final steps of the tournament, which consisted of 3 steps including 32, 24 and 18 players, until the tournament was concluded by a 4 person’s elimination final. In the final, the lowest scoring player was eliminated after each game and the pin fall for remaining players carried forward to the next game.

The following four players were qualified after the 6 games in Step 3:
1412: Stuart Williams, England
1346: Lucas Legnani, Argentina
1346: Francois Lavoie, Canada
1345: Dominic Barrett, England

Dominic Barrett was eliminated in Round 1 of Step 4, which ended as follows:
257: Francois Lavoie, Canada
222: Stuart Williams, England
217: Lucas Legnani, Argentina
158: Dominic Barrett, England

Stuart Williams was eliminated in Round 2 of Step 4, which ended as follows:
475: Francois Lavoie, Canada
453: Lucas Legnani, Argentina
449: Stuart Williams, England

And finally Francois Lavoie became the winner of the tournament:
697: Francois Lavoie, Canada
656: Lucas Legnani, Argentina

The leadership of the women’s division of the tour was overtaken by Jenny Wegner from Sweden with 535 points, with the former tour leader, Daphne Tan from Singapore at position 2 with 450 points, and Sister Cajsa Wegner at position 3 with 405 points.

In the Men’s Division of the tour, Carsten W. Hansen from Denmark is leading with 504 points in front of Martin Larsen from Sweden with 419 points and Dominic Barrett from England with 400 points.

For Francois Lavoie it was his second highest ranked position in the men’s division, while Jenny Wegner in the women’s division was highest ranked for the 7th time in her career.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

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The ETBF Presidium has decided to award the hosting of the EBT Masters 2019 to Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

The EBT Masters 2019 will be conducted on Monday 8 July 2019, which is the day following the conclusion of the VII Brunswick Madrid Challenge, conducted in the same centre.

The EBT Masters 2019, which will be the 12th issue of the event, is the final of the European Bowling Tour 2018.

The 8 highest ranked women and the 8 highest ranked men by the conclusion of the European Bowling Tour 2018 are qualified for the EBT Masters 2019.

186 athletes had found their way to the Spanish Capital Madrid, where the V Brunswick Madrid Challenge was conducted on 1-9 July 2017.

50 athletes qualified to the final steps on Sunday 9 July, of which Step 1 included 30 athletes playing 4 games starting from scratch, Step 2 included 20 athletes playing 4 games starting from scratch and Step 3 included another 20 athletes playing 4 games starting from scratch.

The 10 highest ranked athletes from Step 3 continued, with their pins from Step 3, into Step 4, where they added the pin fall of another 4 games to a total pin fall of 8 games.

The standing after Step 4 became as follows:
1.
Markus Jansson, Sweden: 2014
2.
Francois Lavoie, Canada: 1963
3.
Francois Louw, South Africa: 1960
4.
Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela: 1945
5.
Thomas Larsen, Denmark: 1904
6.
Jo Allesbrook, England: 1877
7.
Carsten Hansen, Denmark: 1868
8.
Richard Teece, England: 1866
9.
Clement Dubus, Belgium: 1858
10.
Raul Jimenez, Spain: 1774

The tournament was concluded by the following three continent stepladder final:

Match 1
Francois Louw, South Africa: 214
Francois Lavoie, Canada: 226

Match 2
Markus Jansson, Sweden: 216
Francois Lavoie, Canada: 236

The women’s division of the tour is topped by Daphne Tan from Singapore with 450 points, followed by Jenny Wegner from Sweden with 335 points and with Cherie Tan and Jazreel Tan from Singapore at a shared 3rd position with 300 points each.

In the Men’s Division of the tour, Carsten W. Hansen from Denmark is leading with 488 points in front of Martin Larsen from Sweden with 339 points and Dominic Barrett from England with 280 points.

For Francois Lavoie it was his first highest ranked position and his first tour stop title, while Jo Allesbrook also got her first highest ranked position in the women’s division.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

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As a consequence of a sponsorship agreement, the name of the tournament Lucky Larsen Masters is changed to Storm Lucky Larsen Masters.

The tournament will, as previously scheduled, be conducted on 13-27 August 2017 in Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmoe, Sweden.

Click here to see the EBT 2017 Calendar.